The top five of the AP poll remained unchanged, with defending national champion Alabama keeping its No. 1 spot after its 49-42 win at then-No. 6 Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide is followed by Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford. A&M dropped to No. 10 after the loss, while Michigan fell from No. 11 to No. 15 after needing a last-second stop to survive Akron, 28-24.
The top three of the USA Today Coaches poll — Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State — remained unchanged. Clemson and Stanford flipped spots and are now ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Texas A&M dropped from No. 6 to No. 9, while Michigan dropped from No. 12 to No. 14.